Delightful Gifts You Can Make in an Afternoon

Looking for some awesomely easy DIY gift ideas? We’ve got your whole holiday covered with a roundup of homemade gifts for everyone on your list. Bonus: they all take around 20 minutes to pull together and the kids can help! Read on for genius gift ideas that are full of heart.

DIY Hot Cocoa Kit

Hot cocoa is essential for the holidays, snow days and just about any day. This easy idea from Smashed Peas and Carrots gathers everything needed for a chocolate-y treat into one cute kit. And you can totally customize your kit with different flavors, containers, and more! Learn more here.

DIY Photo Gifts

This gift idea from A Subtle Revelry is perfect for your little Picasso. It involves printing off cherished family photos (you’ve been meaning to do that anyway, right?) and letting your littles get their coloring on. We guarantee friends and family alike will love the personalized result. Get the full how-to here.

Personalized Candle

Psst! Did you know that you can make personalized candles for less than $5 each—and it’s easy enough that kids can do it on their own? It’s Always Autumn has everything you need to know to make these great gifts, so start gathering you fave photos now. Learn more here.

Gingerbread Granola

For a truly festive treat, give the gift of granola! This recipe from Minimalist Baker has the flavors of gingerbread and is super easy to whip up—your little chefs can help! Scoop into mason jars or a festive tin and share with loved ones. Get the recipe here.

Paper Strip Monogram Art

We love when a simple craft can also be a fun gift! That’s the deal with this idea from Mer Mag, where you use a simple material (paper!) to form the initial of someone you love. Easy-peasy and oh-so-pleasing. Get the instructions here.

DIY “I Love You” Pillowcase

The best way to guarantee sweet dreams this holiday season is with this sweet homemade pillowcase. All you need to make this keepsake is fabric markers, a pillowcase, and a creative kid. Get the full (easy) instructions over at Mama.Papa.Bubba. It is always a good thing to give back in every little things as we can to our parents.

Reindeer Rootbeer

Not only is this the cutest herd of reindeer we’ve ever seen, but it’s also an absolutely brilliant last-minute gift! If you have pipe cleaners, you’re halfway there. Low on googly eyes? Use paint or stickers instead! Learn more at Life of a Modern Mom.

Duct Tape Beads

Who knew that duct tape makes a great fashion accessory? This craft from Clumsy Crafter is so simple, even a preschooler can help—but it’s fun enough for big kids, too. Perfect for all the fashionistas in your life! Learn more here.

Toddler Art T-Shirt

Now this is what we call a graphic tee. It’s a simple toddler art project (courtesy of Small + Friendly) that yields a totally cool gift that any loved one would be stoked to wear. You only need 3 materials (nothing fancy) and an artistic kiddo. Learn more here.

DIY Computer Wrist Rest

This gift idea from Pink Stripey Socks is perfect for all the computer users in your life. Plus, you probably have the materials already, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase the kiddos’ artistic skills. Get the instructions here.

Easy Gingerbread Spice Mix

Kristine’s Kitchen Blog will show you how to throw together your own homemade gingerbread spice mix, and it’s so easy and festive. Your cupboard is probably stocked with what you need, and the kids can stir! Get the recipe here.

Painted Rock Craft

This Christmas present really rocks. Have your kiddos paint rock portraits for each member of the family and gift them as worry stones, paper weights, good luck charms, or simple works of art. Get the how-to (and a free printable!) over at Mer Mag.

Egg Carton Succulents

Give your loved ones some greenery to tide them over until spring! It’s easy with this idea from Bit Square. And we love how this eco-friendly craft involves repurposing an egg carton! Click here to learn more.